Australia launches national inquiry into bushfires

21 February, 2020 12:00 AM printer

SYDNEY: Australia set up a national inquiry Thursday into its month-long bushfire crisis that affected three in four Australians and prompted widespread criticism of the government for its sluggish response to the blazes, reports AFP.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison said the vast scale of the fires—which killed more than 30 people and destroyed thousands of homes—required a new response from the bushfire-prone nation.

The Royal Commission inquiry will be tasked with finding ways to improve Australia’s preparedness, resilience and response to natural disasters, but has been criticised as an effort to put off tackling the problem.

Australia has seen dozens of inquests into the causes of bushfires and steps that could be taken to mitigate them, with mixed results.

Many measures from the dozens of inquests going back to the 1930s have still not been implemented.